Salzburg’s Jesse Marsch snubs Tottenham job as Ajax’s Erik ten Hag jumps up list

Tottenham Hotspur have suffered another blow in their manager search after being snubbed by Jesse Marsch.

Salzburg coach Marsch was on the Spurs shortlist to replace Jose Mourinho and had been sounded out by the north London club.

But he is now expected to join Leipzig next season instead, after reaching an agreement with them over the last few hours.

Ironically, Spurs had already been snubbed this week by current Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann, who is leaving to take over at Bayern Munich.

Nagelsmann agreed a five-year deal with Bayern on Tuesday after the Bundesliga champions negotiated £22million in compensation to RB Leipzig.

Marsch was further down Tottenham’s list of targets but felt the opportunity to succeed Nagelsmann was just too good to turn down.

The American, who had previously been an assistant coach at Leipzig, also held talks with Eintracht Frankfurt.

Spurs are looking for an attack-minded coach who plays progressive football to lead them into next season.

But they also look set to fail in attempts to lure Brendan Rodgers from Leicester, with the Foxes boss likely to stay put.

That has caused the club to cast the net wider, with Erik ten Hag of Ajax now a major contender.

Spurs have also considered a move for former Leipzig boss Ralph Rangnick, who is currently out of work.

Rangnick is credited with inspiring a whole generation of young German coaches and was a contender for the Chelsea job before Thomas Tuchel was appointed.

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez would also be interested in the job after leading his adopted nation into the Euros.

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